Libyan cadets accused of rape acted like 'hunting dogs', court told

Bassingbourn Barracks, Cambs, where the two soldiers were training. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Two Libyan soldiers accused of raping a man in Cambridgeshire behaved like "hunting dogs" as they attacked their alleged victim, a court has been told.

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud, 33, and Obrahim Abugtila, 23, both deny charges of rape and aiding and abetting rape.

The claims relate to an alleged attack on a man in his 20s on Christ's Piece in Cambridge on October 26.

The defendants were among 300 cadets undergoing training at Bassingbourn Barracks last year and had left the site unsupervised.

This morning, Cambridge Crown Court heard their victim was a "complete stranger" who had left a party after drinking "formidable" amounts of alcohol.

He was seen on CCTV being led to the park by the defendants.

John Farmer, prosecuting, said the two men each raped the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, as their co-defendant held him down.

The victim contacted police within minutes of Abugtila and Mahmoud fleeing.

Mr Farmer said both defendants had accepted having sex with the man but insist he consented.

Matthew Hudson reports from court.

The trials continues.